As you probably know, the Echo MPR (Micro Practice Rod) is a copy of the Wulff Fly-O Practice Rod
, invented by Lee and Joan Wulff. The Wulff fly-O used a section of red tow yarn
for the line. The Echo MPR
uses a section of yellow macrame cord whipped to a section of tow yarn for the leader section. I have an MPR that I use for demos.
Back in the late 1970's I used just a length of tow yarn
and the top section of a two piece light spinning rod. You can also use the top half of a fly rod to practice.
There is really no need to even make a special rod when using tow yarn or macrame cord to simulate the fly line. If you have some macrame cord or something similar, you might want to give that a try before spending the money on an MPR.
There is also another casting tool called a "Spey-O in this issue of The Loop.